HOUSTON – Service Corporation International and its brand, Dignity Memorial, have joined the National Infantry Museum to donate the Dignity Memorial Vietnam Wall to the Museum. The Wall has traveled throughout the U.S. for more than 20 years, and has been on temporary display at the museum in Columbus/Ft. Benning, Georgia, since March 2014, the company announced in a prepared release.
“This Veterans Day, SCI is proud to join the National Infantry Museum in honoring our nation’s veterans, active military, and their loved ones, as we officially dedicate the Dignity Memorial Vietnam Wall to its permanent home at this prestigious museum,” said Michael R. Webb, president and chief operating officer at SCI. “The Wall provides a beautiful memorial for those American heroes who have given their lives for our freedom, and we are humbled by the hundreds of thousands of people who have visited or will visit the memorial at its new home.”
"We are immensely grateful for this unique and significant gift," said Col. (Ret) Greg Camp, president and chief operating officer of the museum foundation. "In the three years the Wall has been on display here, we have watched thousands of Vietnam veterans and their family members spend long moments of reflection there, sharing tears and stories. This Wall is every bit as meaningful to them as the one in Washington. We commend SCI and Dignity Memorial for their contribution to healing, and we're proud to continue their tradition of honoring veterans by making the Wall a permanent installation at the National Infantry Museum."
The dedication of the Wall is part of SCI’s continued commitment to honoring those who serve our country, according to the release. Dignity Memorial commissioned the creation of the Wall, which is a ¾-scale replica of the Vietnam Memorial in Washington, D.C. Since 1990, the replica has traveled to more than 200 cities across the country, giving millions of Americans the opportunity to experience its healing power. Like the original Vietnam Wall in Washington, D.C., the replica is etched with more than 58,000 names of service personnel who died for their country.
Since 2000, SCI has also sponsored the Dignity Memorial Homeless Veterans Burial Program. Together, Dignity Memorial, the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs, the Veterans of Foreign Wars, along with local government agencies, have combined resources to honor and provide care for more than 2,500 forgotten veterans across the country, the company said. The Dignity Memorial Homeless Veterans Burial Program serves eligible homeless and indigent veterans, providing a full burial ceremony with military honors in a VA Cemetery or a Dignity Memorial network cemetery in 32 states across the country. On March 30, 2016, the company participated in the nation’s largest full military honors service for 42 unclaimed veterans in Phoenix, Arizona. Additionally, the Dignity Memorial network offers the Veterans Planning Guide, educational veterans’ seminars and discounts for members of veterans’ service organizations. Dignity Memorial is also the Founding Community Partner of the We Honor Veterans program, a collaboration of the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization and the Department of Veterans Affairs.